ATP Finals 2022: Casper Ruud vs. Taylor Fritz Tennis Pick and Prediction

ATP Finals 2022: Casper Ruud vs. Taylor Fritz Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals as Casper Ruud takes on Taylor Fritz in the Group Stage on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.

Both Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz enjoyed resounding wins in their opening round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals. But now the pair of them will cross swords in a mouthwatering second group-stage match that could almost effectively earn a semifinal berth for one of them. Who will prevail?

Casper Ruud entered his opening match at the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals as a massive underdog. But this being the only tournament on the calendar where you get to face a top 10 opponent right out of the gate, you just cannot discount a player of Ruud’s caliber. And more so, on the back of a career-best season. Granted the Norwegian came to Turin short in confidence, he was able to produce some superb serving and stayed clutch at key moments in the match. He broke the Auger-Aliassime serve once-  which is no mean feat this fall – en route to a 7-6 6-4 win.

Taylor Fritz, meanwhile, upstaged 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal in the evening session at the Nitto ATP Finals. Fritz who had already beaten the Spaniard in the biggest match of his life at the Indian Wells Masters, was almost unplayable behind both his serve and return as he outmuscled Nadal from the back of the court. He is off to a frenetic start. So, can he make it two in two on his debut appearance when he takes on Casper Ruud?

Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz have not clashed at any level on the ATP Tour. Tuesday’s match at the Nitto ATP Finals will be their first official meeting. There is not a lot to separate these two both in terms of age and ranking. And while their play style differs substantially, they do have tremendous physical capacity and ability to stay in the big moments. For me, I think Fritz has the edge here. He possesses a better second serve (won 88% of points against Nadal) and will show more willingness to attack Ruud’s serve, which was barely troubled by Auger-Aliassime.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Taylor Fritz in 3 Sets.

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